Line 3 Resistance Update from Brenna
Happy New Year to all!
It's been some months since we learned that the felony charges would be dropped for the Four Necessity Valve Turners, and that the misdemeanor court proceedings would be delayed due to the pandemic. That news was, in a way, an ending of this group that had travelled together spiritually for some time, and made email updates and online presence less urgent.
However, recently we've begun to see others taking decisive action in the region where the Four Necessity action occurred, and so we wanted to connect you to this new and courageous activism that shares much of the same spirit of the action taken in 2018. Brenna, Michele, and some others have joined in the work in different ways, as Brenna relates below:
Thanks to your prayers and support, I (Brenna) have been able to work with the Hildegard House CW in Duluth, MN in supporting one of the Indigenous women-led water protector camps in Northern Minnesota. Those at the camp seek to protect our precious water from the destruction that Enbridge Energy's Line 3 project has already begun. They also work closely with MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women), as projects like these put Indigenous women and girls at great risk of sexual trafficking and predation.
For the past several weeks, Hildegard House (Michele and Greg Obed) has organized to maintain a daily presence of one or more Catholic Workers from various communities to be at the camp to pray, to work, and to resist! We have offered support in the kitchen, and have joined in the prayerful presence of the Indigenous leaders and others who are coming to join them.
The resistance from water protectors here takes various forms - from prayer around a fire or at the Mississippi River, to sitting directly across from the Enbridge construction (destruction) site to act as witnesses, to marching in the streets, to celebrating the Solstice with music and dance, to nonviolently interrupting the work of the machines. The camp has no lack of work - shoveling snow, cooking, building warm shelters, organizing donations, etc. Beautiful people of all ages and backgrounds are putting themselves at risk by standing in the way of a destructive project, standing up for the water, and standing up for what is right.
To summarize what I recently heard Indigenous leaders Tara Houska and Taysha Martineau say, for many Indigenous water protectors who call this area home, they are standing up for their lives, and for their own ability to have clean water - theirs is not a choice.
Native Nations such as White Earth and Mille Lacs, along with other environmental organizations, have been steadfast in opposing Enbridge's illegal actions in the court. Water protectors are hoping that such a multi-faceted approach of resistance in courts and on the ground will ultimately lead to justice. But that is far from guaranteed.
For a good run-down of the facts and injustice of the project, read author Louise Erdrich's opinion piece in the New York Times.
I also encourage you to check the following websites for updates and ways to support the camps:
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Feel free to email with questions about further ways to support or join the struggle.